John Edwards to Drop Out of Presidential Race

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Following a string of third-place finishes, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards is expected to drop out of the race this afternoon.

The former senator, 54, will announce his withdrawal at a Habitat for Humanity site in New Orleans at 1 p.m., a senior adviser told ABC News.

While John Edwards' populist message earned him loyal following, "It became clear that [getting elected] wasn't going to happen," the adviser said.

Despite this photo with John Mayer, we're still fond of John Edwards.

Edwards, the running mate of John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, never got much traction this time around in taking on both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both U.S. Senators, in his second White House bid.

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I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established.

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In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs.

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